Elderly Drinkers

Apparently the latest scare story of the day is that elderly folk are getting pissed up.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of elderly people being treated for drinking problems in London, data suggests.

Figures compiled for BBC Inside Out London by the NHS Information Centre reveal over the past 10 years, there has been a 163% increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions for the over 65s.

Okay, at this point we pause to reflect on how these figures are amassed.

It’s largely a function of methodology. Alcohol-related admissions are calculated in such a way that if you are unlucky enough, say, to be involved in a fire and admitted to hospital for the treatment of your burns, it will count as 0.38 of an alcohol-related admission – unless you happen to be under 15, when it won’t count at all.

If you drown, it counts as 0.34 of an alcohol-related admission – though most people unlucky enough to drown aren’t admitted to hospital. Getting chilled to the bone (accidental excessive cold) counts for 0.25 of an admission, intentional self-harm to 0.20 per cent of an admission.

These fractions apply whether or not there was any evidence you had been drinking before these disasters befell you.

Yes, that’s right, you could be teetotal yet upon admission to hospital, your case is given a percentage towards alcohol related ailments. In other words, for those who prefer plain speaking, the whole thing is a lie.

Of course, this being the BBC, a reputable and reliable purveyor of truth and honesty, such as one would expect from an impartial national state funded broadcaster, this lie will be exposed further down the article, won’t it?


Or perhaps not, then.

Cross posted from Longrider blog.

9 comments for “Elderly Drinkers

  1. January 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So it isn’t just climate scientists making stuff up. As you say, the BBC will be attacking this scandal (and it is a scandal) with all the ferocity of a dead sheep.

    • January 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      of course it isn’t just climate scientists. They set the model for the others to follow. Now they are all at it.

  2. Tattyfalarr
    January 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    over the past 10 years, there has been a 163% increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions for the over 65s.

    They sound almost surprised that the over-55’s of 10 years ago still drink alcohol and have as many accidents as they ever did. In which case the rise would only be 63%…if, as you say, there is any rise at all.

  3. January 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    One can imagine the thought-process behind this — yet another denormalisation (demonisation): elderly = alky.

    Very sad and very wrong: ‘The elderly must go.’

  4. Able
    January 9, 2012 at 1:18 am

    You know I think you are, as I have myself, been giving them too much credit here. I don’t think this, or most of the NHS ‘research’, has much to do with denormalisation (that’s just a bi-product in their eyes, not that they are complaining).

    Why do I think this? Because of years working in the NHS (clinically at the coal-face) and meeting the type who conduct these idiotic ‘studies’. This, as most other publications, has two aims (the only things they are really interested in):

    Create a scare (or expand a known one) so that:

    1) more money is thrown at them to ‘solve’ it.

    2) more ‘research’ needs to be conducted, so more ‘work’ for them.

    They couldn’t care less what it shows, if smoking, drinking (or wind-surfing in a hurricane) being good for you could be used to get them justification for their irrelevant posts and more money – there would be research produced showing just that within a fraction of a second. These are the whores of the pseudo-scientific community. The climate ‘scientists’ (frauds) are simply kindred spirits trained in the same schools by the same progressive professors – all they care about is money too (grants, salaries, lecture fees). Whores the lot of them!

    [I apologise to any hard working ‘ladies of the night’ as I meant no disrespect in the comparison – at least you supply a wanted (apparently?) service, require payment only for said service and don’t use any idiotic politicians/bureaucrats to force us all to pay for it even when we don’t want it.]

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:24 am

      So, more ‘jobs for the boys’ — or the girls, then?

  5. January 9, 2012 at 7:37 am

    And if the elderly are now alcoholic, they won’t be needing their homes any more.

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      That’s how I look at it, too. Why would the experts care if the beloved layabouts can get their hands on our homes in less time?

  6. Andrew Duffin
    January 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    And if you have had a drink before arriving at A&E (they’ll ask, believe me), then that’s recorded as a drink-related admission, regardless of whether the drink had anything at all to do with it.

    Add this fact to the fact that they didn’t even used to ask, and there’s your increase.

    It’s all part of the puritan push to denormalise drinking.

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